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Everything You Need to Know About Celeste Cortesi's Darna National Costume for Miss Universe

Everything You Need to Know About Celeste Cortesi's Darna National Costume for Miss Universe
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It took the designer four days to make it!

Look, in the sky! It's a bird! It's plane! No, it's Celeste Cortesi—and she's gliding towards the Miss Universe 2022 crown!

With the pageant's preliminary rounds having just concluded, the Filipino-Italian beauty made quite the strong case for the title. For the national costume segment, she had her fellow kababayans in New Orleans hollering in glee when she walked out as her own rendition of the superheroine Darna.

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Preview Exclusive: Filipino Designer Oliver Tolentino on Celeste Cortesi's "Darna" National Costume for the 71st Miss Universe Competition

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Crafted by Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino, Celeste's version of the red and gold costume featured the classic two-piece set, arm bands, and boots. Attached behind her was a sun fashioned out of gold-hued metal by Jerome Navarro

Oliver tells Preview that the ensemble was put together in just four days. "[I] normally [don't] work with costumes, but [I] couldn’t refuse Celeste’s request. Because of all of the Christmas holidays and [my] own travel plans, [I] couldn’t source materials until January 2, just a day before Celeste was due in New Orleans."

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Eventually, it all came together, complete with the iconic winged headpiece shimmering from Celeste's temple.

Reactions to Celeste Cortesi's Darna Costume

Fun fact: The Miss Universe Philippines organization even came forward and revealed that her take on Darna had the go signal from Mars Ravelo's family.

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"We hope that, like our beloved Filipino superheroine, Celeste will continue to serve as a source of inspiration and empowerment for women all around the world," they write in an official statement. Pageant fans have been clamoring for out annual Miss Universe delegates to put their own spin on the iconic comic book character for years, and it was only now that the permission to emulate her was granted. And to stunning results!

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Needless to say, netizens—including celebrities—have been showering her with love, taking to social media to express their support toward Celeste's decision to don Darna's iconic red suit as her national costume. This includes former Binibining Pilipinas contestant Ayn Bernos, who excitedly shared a series of tweets.

"If anyone can pull off Darna, it’s CELESTE!" she wrote. "I am soooo happy Celeste’s costume allowed her to really move and project! She slayed this. DAAAARNA!!!"

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Most notably, Gen Z's modern-day Darna star, Jane De Leon, also took to her Instagram stories to give her stamp of approval to Celeste's look! 

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You totally did slay it, Celeste! Keep raising our flag!

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